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Nigeria Experiences a 61% Rise In Rig Count, Reaching 29, Driven By Investor Response To PIA And More – NUPRC

Nigeria’s oil and gas industry is experiencing a drastic shift towards progress. The nation’s rig count, a vital indicator of upstream activities, surged by a staggering 61.1% year-on-year, soaring to 29 in September 2023 from 18 in the corresponding period of 2019. What’s fueling this remarkable growth? It’s the wind of change, the positive impact of Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

The PIA, a comprehensive legislation, has become a game-changer. It’s not just about restructuring; it’s about boosting production, enhancing transparency, and ensuring accountability in the industry. 

As Engr. Gbenga Komolafe, the Chief Executive of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), passionately stated at the African Oil Week in Cape Town, South Africa, “The PIA is positively impacting as it provides institutional governance, efficient administration, and attractive fiscal regimes while providing for host communities, thus creating a peaceful atmosphere for investment and operations.”

But the story doesn’t stop there. Nigeria is committed to leveraging its natural gas resources to pave the way for a cleaner future. With a projected shortfall of 10 billion cubic feet per day by 2030, the opportunities for investment in the gas sector are monumental. It’s a critical step towards securing the nation’s energy needs and ensuring shared prosperity.

The NUPRC is leaving no stone unturned, collaborating with global experts such as TGS-Petrodata to acquire invaluable data that will provide clarity to investors. What’s fascinating is that the government doesn’t foot the bill for this data, yet stands to generate additional revenue as investors pay for it. It’s a win-win situation that aligns perfectly with Nigeria’s Quest for energy self-sufficiency.

Nigeria, rich in both hydrocarbon and renewable energy resources, is extending an invitation to the world. With the right incentives and a forward-thinking administration, the nation is poised to lead the way in the ever-evolving landscape of energy.

While acknowledging the global shift towards cleaner energy, Nigeria understands the importance of respecting the uniqueness of its energy landscape. 

As the world transitions, Nigeria continues to develop its hydrocarbon resources, leveraging the revenue to build critical infrastructure and transition towards cleaner energy at its own pace.

With decisive actions and market-driven reforms, Nigeria is open for business. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to stability in the fiscal environment and the removal of costly fuel subsidies sends a clear signal to investors – Nigeria means business.

Amid these transformations, Africa is awakening to its potential as a renewable energy powerhouse. Dr. Ainojie Irune, the President and CEO of Oando Clean Energy Limited, rightly points out that the continent, with its abundant resources and growing population, can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines of the energy transition.

Nigeria’s journey is a testament to the power of legislation, investment, and a clear vision. As the nation navigates the dynamic energy landscape, it stands ready to lead the way, offering a blueprint for others to follow in embracing the future of energy.



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